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HuffPost Politics: June 23rd, 2017

HuffPost Politics: The GOP health care bill has a fatal flaw.

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There’s a ticking time bomb built right into the Senate Republican health care bill.

The legislation unveiled Thursday, which Republicans dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, aims to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s popular rule forbidding health insurance companies from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions. But the bill also would repeal that law’s unpopular individual mandate that most Americans obtain health coverage or face tax penalties and would significantly scale back financial assistance that helps make health insurance premiums affordable.

The problem is, those things work hand in hand, and are often referred to as the “three-legged stool” that keeps the health insurance system steady. Take out one or two of those legs, and the whole thing probably will fall down.

Keeping protections for pre-existing conditions means sicker people have access to health coverage and medical care, which is good for them but increases costs for everyone else in the insurance pool.

The mandate exists to nudge healthier people to get coverage even if they don’t have an immediate need for medical treatment; they pay into the system so it’s there when they inevitably get sick or injured.

And the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits for low- and middle-income people boost enrollment from a mix of sick and healthy people; a larger risk pool tends to be better than a smaller one.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

 

Republican Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.) said he can’t support the health care bill “in this form.” He cited cuts to Medicaid in his opposition.

President Donald Trump tried and failed to explain his tweet about “tapes” of his conversations with James Comey. Despite his perplexing explanation, a “Fox & Friends” co-host called the president’s tactic “smart.”

The stabbing in Flint, Michigan, debunked one of the most popular arguments against gun laws. Just because someone can get a gun doesn’t mean they will.

 

 

ICYMI

  • Black America is collectively stuck in a loop of violence and injustice. “We exist in a constant state of trauma and distress. We are forever aware of our close proximity to this kind of death, the ordinary nature of our demise and how it could always be us or someone we love.”

  • Former President Barack Obama ripped the Senate health care bill on Thursday. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.”

  • Mayors could shift nearly 42 percent of U.S. electricity to renewables by 2035. The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is prompting more than 1,400 mayors to make their own pledges.

 

 

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